Willem de Wit, "On the Way to the Living God" also available in PDF for free

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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, May 4 2012 1:45 PM

For those like me who asked the question "Who is Willem de Wit and is the new pre-pub book really interesting?" here is where you can download the book for free in PDF format (A5 and A4).


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Willem J. de Wit | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2012 4:23 PM

Dear Timothy,

Thanks for your interest in my book On the Way to the Living God and for pointing people to the accompanying website On the Way to the Living God.

Let me add a few comments on my book:

1. While it is a scholarly book (originally defended as a doctoral thesis at VU University Amsterdam), I’ve tried to write it in such a way that it can speak to people who are searching for the living God themselves and would not be satisfied with easy answers. Others have indeed called the book “inspiring” and “very fascinating.”

2. In the two essays on Herman Bavinck I am not so much a “fan” who reads him uncritically as a “friend” who seeks to understand him personally (drawing on his letters and personal notes). Readers of Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics may appreciate these chapters as a help to understand the man behind the dogmatics.

3. On the Way to the Living God can now be obtained in three ways: as a printed book, as a free pdf (in A4, A5, and Letter formats), and as a Logos4 electronic book (on prepub since Friday May 4). Needless to say at this forum, the Logos4 electronic edition will offer you the most advanced reading experience. I've used a good number of Logos books when I wrote my book, so I expect that it will nicely integrate with other books in your Logos library.

4. If you would like to read some more fragments of the book, you can find them on my English blog.

If someone would like to know me a bit better:

1.  Read the short biography and bibliography on my weblog.

2. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

3. While On the Way to the Living God is partly written in reflection on living in one of the most secular cities of Europe, namely Amsterdam, I live now in Cairo, Egypt, just a mile away from the square where demonstrations were suppressed with force this Friday. I write about my experiences in Egypt at wjdw.nl (in Dutch, but try the automatic translation function of Google Chrome or something similar if you don't know that language).

4. If someone is interested in master studies in theology in the Middle East, I invite him or her to consider (part of) the English master’s program of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, where I teach both Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology courses.

Kind regards,

Willem J. de Wit

PS: Bavinck fans may love the following story: This semester I'm teaching a course on eschatology here in Cairo and I'd given one of the students a couple of pages of Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics for his research paper. Yesterday he told me: "Really, this is wonderful, this is exactly what we need to have translated into Arabic."


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Timothy Ha | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2012 11:47 PM

Thanks, Willem, for taking time to tell your story.

I haven't started to read Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics yet, but I heard good things about the work from my friends and from blogs.  Will study your book and consider its purchase.

From what I read in the preview pages, the style is not heavy to read at all.  Thank you for that.

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